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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 27, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy, 2014 Writer-in-Residence

Colleen Murphy, the Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence for Winter 2014, is now on campus and planning several public talks, creative writing classes, and other public appearances. Check out the listings below for full details on her events over the term.

Widely respected in theatrical circles, Murphy is an internationally acclaimed author of 10 plays, including the new plays The Goodbye Bird – which Murphy created during her 2011-2012 residency with Finborough Theatre in London, UK – and Armstrong’s War, which premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club theatre in 2013. Her screenplays include the Genie-nominated Termini Station, and her films have played to audiences at film festivals in Germany and France, as well as at the Toronto International Film Festival. Murphy won a Governor General’s Award in 2007 for her play The December Man

One of Colleen's most important duties as WIR is the discussion of student writing. She will be offering one-on-one consultation for all Laurier students three mornings a week, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, in her office in DAWB 5-108A, right beside the Faculty of Arts offices. Students my drop by to meet with Colleen, or they can make an appointment by contacting her at, and she will request that students send her some writing to discuss. This is an excellent opportunity to get professional feedback on creative writing, and all interested students should take advantage of this opportunity.


February 6: Public lecture - Generating Art I, DAWB 2-104, 4:00 p.m.

March 21: The World and the Writer: On Conscious Engagement - Writer's dialogue between WIR Colleen Murphy and Laurier Reads Visiting Writer Elizabeth Hay, 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. (Room TBA)

March 27: Public lecture - Generating Art II, DAWB 2-104, 5:00 p.m.

Special mini-class:

Writing with Emotional Punch

February 27th and March 6th, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

In this mini-class with a limited enrollment of 15 students, Colleen will discuss how to bring emotional impact to writing. Interested students should contact Colleen at  to register. Students must be able to commit to both two-hour sessions, one on February 27th, and one on March 6th.